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Firefighters Hurt as Extra-Alarm Fire Sweeps through Queens Apartment Building

CBS 2 - April 12, 2017

by CBS Local

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An extra-alarm fire raged for over two hours hours Tuesday evening in an apartment building in Elmhurst, Queens.

The fire started at 6:30 p.m. on the top floor of the building at 56-11 94th St., between 56th and 57th avenues, according to the FDNY.

The FDNY called a second alarm on arrival, and the fire had been raised to five alarms by 7:15 p.m., the FDNY reported.

One firefighter was carried away in a stretcher, and a total of three firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries fighting the blaze, CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported.

A total of 200 firefighters responded to the scene, and an FDNY drone was also pressed into service.

One resident says he was home in a top floor apartment when the fire began.

“I was home, I just got home from work and a neighbor told me, knocked on my door and told me they see smoke,” he said. “Right away I grabbed a couple of stuff and I walked outside.”

By 9 p.m., crews remained on scene to watch for any flare-ups.